As a landlord you have certain obligations, including -
Respecting your tenants’ right to privacy
You may need to access a property to inspect it and to carry out repairs but you must let tenants live in their home without unnecessary interference. You must give proper notice if you want to enter a property you are letting.
You have to give written notice and get a court order if you want to evict your tenants.
Landlords are responsible for most repairs to the exterior and structure of a property. This means that problems with the roof, chimneys, walls, lintels, windows, doors, guttering and drains are your responsibility. You are also responsible for keeping the equipment for supplying water, gas and electricity and heating systems in safe working order. All maintenance work to gas appliances, flues and pipes must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Find out more about gas health and safety law from the Health and Safety Executive (link opens in a new window)
You are legally obliged to ensure the safety of your tenants. You have a duty of care implied by the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure persons affected by your business, but not employed by you, are not put at risk by the operation of that business.
You must -
- carry out an annual gas safety check and obtain a gas safety certificate for every gas appliance in your property. These must be issued by a Gas Safe (previously CORGI) registered engineer and renewed each year
- ensure that any work identified by gas engineers is carried out
- ensure that all furniture meets the fire safety standards
- ensure the electrical installation is safe
- ensure electrical equipment provided is safe
- ensure that premises you let are in all respects safe for the occupation of your tenants and any visitors
Visit the Electrical Safety First website to find out more about safe electrical installation (opens in a new window)
Landlords of certain buildings occupied by more than one household (for example, houses split into bedsits, shared houses, flats, hostels) have additional legal obligations to comply with housing management regulations which require the maintenance of, amongst other things -
- fire precautions
- means of escape from fire
- shared kitchens and bathrooms (including keeping these clean)
- yards, forecourts, shared gardens, outbuildings and boundary walls and fences
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 require rented properties to have smoke detection and in some instances carbon monoxide detectors. You can download the statement of principles below -